Engineer, Mine Planning

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Job description:

Overall Job Purpose

The Mining Engineer – Drill Scheduling, is responsible and accountable for delivering and controlling a short term drill plan that is in line with the short and medium term mining plan. This includes any mine design requirement.

Specific Job Responsibility

  • Drill scheduling and alignment to the medium term plan to achieve desired outcomes
  • Be first point of contact for the mining production team regarding drilling operations.
  • Ensuring that equipment are being applied optimally in suitable conditions
  • Maintain high performing service support functions
  • Issuing of mining control data to be used by surveyors
  • Plan, organize and follow up on work, ensuring that tasks and schedules are fully understood within the team, handing over or escalating as required.
  • Ensure relevant mining production personnel are up to date on any changes in the mine plan.
  • Develop and maintain procedures where required
  • Documentation of relevant knowledge and upskilling of the assistant Mining Engineers
  • Continuous commitment to health and safety practises.
  • Advise and provide recommendations for continuous improvement opportunities in work processes.
  • Be accountable for the quality of service and performance.

Job Specific Competences

  • Advanced mining knowledge and experience
  • Advanced skills in the MS office suite and mine scheduling software
  • Skilled in the delivery of a wide range of mine planning services, able to provide the highest level of customer support, with excellent leadership and people management skills.
  • Operational skills to include troubleshooting, problem solving and decision making.
  • Strong and motivated team lead with well-developed interpersonal, collaboration and facilitation skills.
  • Time management – having the ability to work on multiple activities and manage competing priorities.

Experience and Qualifications

  • B Eng. Mining Engineering
  • Blasting License  – preferred
  • EIZ and ERB registration
  • Current driving license
  • 5+ years’ experience in a large hard rock open pit mining environment.
  • Experience in mine scheduling.
  • Exposure to multicultural environments.
  • Work experience in the mining sector.

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